Monthly Archives: June 2004

Savage Building Center offers service for over 20 years

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jeanne Bruce
Since 1983, Savage Building Center has been giving White County quality products and service.
“We try to give good hometown service,” said Dwight Savage. “Most of our customers already know that. We try to give good sound advice. We try to help our customers and give the best advice we can to help them complete their projects, whether it’s painting a room, building a deck, or a roof, so they can have a good successful project and try to save them some money along the way.”
Dwight and his father, Doug Savage own the business together.
“My father has been in this business since the 1970’s,” … CONTINUED


National Guard support group ready for action

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
As guardsmen leave White County destined for Iraq, there will be hundreds of family members left behind who will need emotional support, as well as financial assistance.
For Kathy Hawkins, president of the Family Readiness Group for Sparta National Guard, life has become rather hectic during the past few weeks. Hawkins and several other women are helping prepare the all-male unit for their departure overseas. They are also assisting the spouses with the everyday necessities that may have ordinarily been taken for granted.
Hawkins, Stephanie Hickey, Donna England, Tina Turner and Tamara Roach are working tirelessly to make sure everything is in order. But, many … CONTINUED


O’Dell seriously injured in Friday afternoon crash

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Kim Swindell Wood
A Friday afternoon accident sent a White County deputy’s son to Erlanger Hospital with serious leg and facial injuries.
According to Sgt. Hugh Hackett, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brian Clayton O’dell, 21, of Sparta, son of Deputy Jody O’Dell, lost control of his vehicle on Crossville Highway, near Clay Holman Road, and slid sideways into a parked truck.
Emergency personnel were dispatched at approximately 4 p.m., June 4, 2004, to the site of the crash. Sparta-White County Rescue Squad was called out to extricate Brian from the car, where his legs were pinned underneath the front portion of the dash. He also received extensive … CONTINUED


Until we meet again

Posted on June 11, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jody Sliger
Balloons and signs were not the only way White County showed their support for the soldiers of the 278 National Guard unit.
More than 1,000 people filled the festively decorated amphitheater the evening of June 3, 2004, waving flags and wearing patriotic colors. Yellow ribbons and signs greeted the soldiers as they arrived in parade fashion led by fire trucks and police vehicles.
Bockman Way was lined with people cheering and waving at the grinning troops.
With the278th being deployed this month into active duty, White County was looking for a way to show the unit support and to let the members know how White County … CONTINUED


Jay Thomas “Jake” Knowles

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Jay Thomas “Jake” Knowles, 59, of Sparta, passed away June 6, 2004.
Knowles was born March 25, 1945, in White County to John William Knowles and Allie Mae Young Knowles.
He had been a factory worker.
Knowles was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Joyce Qualls, Lora G. Vinson; and one brother.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Smith; one son, Troye “Bo” Knowles; both of Sparta; five grandchildren, Sarah Knowles, Chelsea Smith, John Thomas Knowles, Dalton Smith, all of Sparta, Randy DeWayne Knowles, of Cookeville; one great grandson, Justin Dewayne Knowles, of Cookeville; one sister, Margarette Davidson, of Sparta; two brothers, Bill Knowles, of Sparta, Claude … CONTINUED


Bernice Wallace

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Bernice Smith Wallace, 77, of Sparta, passed away June 7, 2004.
Wallace was born Oct. 27, 1926, to Willie Haston Smith and Elsie Ledford Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles Wallace; daughter, Charlene Wallace; and three brothers, Horace Smith, Thurman Smith, and Finley Smith.
Survivors include one daughter, Reba Sherrell and husband Robert, of Silsbee, Texas; one son, Dennis Wallace and wife Glynda, of Sparta; sisters, Lorene Henry, Barbara McComb, both of Sparta, Christine Mlsna, Jean Smith, of Akron, Ohio; brothers, Clyde Smith, Willie Smith, J.C. Smith, of Sparta, Wayne Smith, L.D. Smith, of Akron, Ohio, James Smith, of Detroit, Mich.; three granddaughters, … CONTINUED


Daniel Hunter Richards

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Daniel Hunter Richards, 78, of Indiana, formerly of Sparta, passed away April 2, 2004.
Richards was born Oct. 5, 1925, in White County, to Frank Argo Richards and Pauline Hunter Richards.
He was a veteran of World War II where he served in submarines in the North Atlantic. After the war, he became a businessman and farmer then reentered the U.S. Navy in 1956 and retired in 1973 with the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Fannie Laura Richards.
Survivors include his wife, Jona Richards; of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; their two children, Jon Richards, of Madison, Ind., Linda … CONTINUED


Debbie Thompson

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Debbie Thompson, 45, of Ypsilanti, Mich., passed away June 4, 2004.
Thompson was born Oct. 19, 1958, in Meridian, Miss., to William Lee Todd and Rebecca Pullin Todd.
She worked for the University of Michigan office of general council as a legal secretary. She was engaged to be married in March 2005.
Thompson was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her fiance, Charlie Stuart, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; one daughter, Brandi Thompson, of Canton, Mich.; mother and stepfather, Rebecca and Woodrow Holder, of Tennessee; two special friends, Lisa Itoney, of Clarkston, Mich., Brian Holdaway, of Clanton, Mich.
Services were at 11 a.m., June 9, 2004, at Stark … CONTINUED


Robert Haskell “Hack” Bryant

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Robert Haskell “Hack” Bryant, 65, of Gordonsville, formerly of Sparta, passed away June 6, 2004.
Bryant was born Oct. 26, 1938, in White County, to Byrd Bryant and Ida Mae Howard Bryant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Verna Mae Woods.
Survivors include his ex wife, Janice Bryant; two daughters, Kathy Whittaker, of Sparta, LouAnn Bogue, of Gordonsville; four sons, Robert Keith Bryant, of Gordonsville, David Bryant, Jonathon Bryant, both of Sparta, Donald Bryant, of Smithville; stepdaughter, Khristy Diane Johnson, of Sparta; five sisters, Pearl Brock, Marie Rollins, Brenda Brock, all of Sparta, Charlene Bryant, of Gossville, Linda Roberts, of Cookeville; brothers, Charles … CONTINUED


Protesters rally to support military,

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

problems resolved with mediation
Kim Swindell Wood
As a crowd gathered Thursday to honor Sparta’s National Guard troops who will soon be fighting in Iraq, another conflict was brewing less than one mile from the ceremony.
According to informed sources, one or more employees at the Raceway Convenience Store on Bockman Way had allegedly refused service to two of Sparta’s National Guard members, while they were in uniform. On another separate occasion had asked a guardsman’s wife to leave the premises after finding out her husband was a member of the military. The manager and employees involved are all of Indian descent.
The ceremony at Sparta Amphitheater to … CONTINUED


Frankie Yvonne Sparkman Sullivan

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Frankie Yvonne Sparkman Sullivan, 50, of Sparta, passed away June 8, 2004.
Sullivan was born March 20, 1954, in Knoxville, to Frank Martin Spartkman and Estean Sparkman.
She had been a housewife.
Sullivan was preceded in death by her father.
Survivors include her husband, A.C. Sullivan, of Sparta; one daughter, Julie Catherine McDonald Helmick, of Sparta; one son, Martin McDonald, of Doyle; mother, Estean Sparkman, of Knoxville; two brothers, Butch Shuburt, of Knoxville, and Scott Sparkman, of Sparta; one sister, Mary Beth Strianese, of Sparta; stepmother, Betty Sparkman, of Sparta; three stepchildren, Kynedee Saige McDonald, Allan Smith, Damon Scott and Paige Scott.
Services will be 3 p.m., June … CONTINUED


Eva Claudine Price Guilbault

Posted on June 10, 2004 12:12 am by Sparta Live

Eva Claudine Price Guilbault, 50, of Rochester Hills, Mich., passed away May 6, 2004.
Guilbault was born Feb. 6, 1954, in White County, to Thurman and Charlene Price.
Guilbault was retired from Ford Motor Company and had been active in the Corvette Club and worked with the leader dog program and presented dogs to the blind.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William Earl Wilson, Mattie Wheeler, Buck and Flossie Price.
Survivors include her husband, Tom Guilbault, of Michigan; parents, Thurman and Sarah Price, of Sparta, and Charlene and Jim Markum, of Madison; two brothers, Thomas T. Price, of Sparta, Jeff Price and his wife Carrie, … CONTINUED


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